We thought we’d learned a lesson: In 2014, a spill of coal-cleaning chemicals in Charleston, West Virginia, left more than 300,000 residents without clean tap water for a week. After being sued by NRDC and others for negligence, the U.S. Protection Agency agreed in a settlement to put a new standard in place to prevent hazardous spills on industrial sites by this month and to issue a final rule in 2019. Alas, the agency has turned up empty-handed, failing to issue the court-mandated rule. The agency's failure puts all Americans at risk but some communities more than others: A report shows that facilities that manufacture, store, and use toxic chemicals tend to cluster in low-income neighborhoods of color.
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EPA Says It Won’t Protect Americans from Chemical Spills
The agency is brazenly refusing to consent to a court order to issue standards to prevent such incidents.
West Virginia Chemical Spill Spotlights Weak Safeguards for Nation’s Water Systems
NRDC Water Expert: “Vast Majority Vulnerable to Pollutants”
After More Than 40 Years, EPA Will Act on Hazardous Industrial Spills
WASHINGTON (February 17, 2016) – The Environmental Protection Agency will put in place new safeguards to help protect communities from dangerous chemical spills at tens of thousands of industrial facilities nationwide, under the terms of a legal settlement approved by…